The Tastes of Northern Italy (11 or 13 Days)
Eating isn’t just a part of the daily grind of Northern Italy—it’s a full-on art form. Stand beside masters in their kitchens, farms and wineries and learn the ins, outs and flavors of the region’s delights. From wine on the Riviera to Parmigiano Reggiano in Parma to fresh-cooked tagliatelle in Bologna, prepare to indulge in the best this region has to offer. But food and wine aren't the only "bests" here. Be awestruck at the quaint coastal beauty of Cinque Terre. Be inspired like Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet's hometown of Verona, and be enamored in a gondola as you glide under the romantic bridges of Venice. Northern Italy is an edventure you will never forget.
- Round-trip airfare out of SFO or LAX (price may vary based on choice of additional gateways)
- 9 nights in hand-picked hotels (11 nights on extension)
- Breakfast daily
- 3 lunches
- 4 three-course dinners, including wine or beer
- 3 wine-tastings (4 on extension)
- Private deluxe motorcoach
- Multilingual, full-time tour director
- Select admissions
- Fresh pasta cooking lesson from an Italian chef
- Visit to Dozza Prison (Correctional/ Law Enforcement Officials only)
Piazza San Carlo in Turin
Juliet's Famous Balcony in Verona
Small, Personal Italian Cooking Class
Optional 2-Day Extension: Venice $369 per person
Optional excursion on extension: Gondola Ride $65 per person (2-person Gondola Ride $165 per person)
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Day 1 - (In-flight meals) Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Milan aboard an internationally recognized airline
Day 2- (In-flight meals, Dinner) Welcome to Italy! Upon your arrival to Milan Malpensa airport, transfer to Turin, Italy’s first capital city and home of the 2006 Winter Olympics. After you’ve settled in to your hotel, meet your fellow travelers at an included Welcome Dinner.
Day 3- (Breakfast) This morning, discover Turin on a guided tour of the elegant boulevards that buzz with the patrons of the many museums and cafes. Pass by Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama, San Lorenzo Church and Palazzo Carignano. The rest of the day is free to explore at leisure.
Day 4 (Breakfast, Lunch) Travel south to the region of Liguria for a taste of seaside luxury. Along the way, stop in Barolo, a hilltop town and one of the most well-known names in Northern Italian wine. Enjoy a wine tasting and light lunch here before continuing on to Liguria, which has always drawn artists and celebrities to its shores. Discover for yourself il dolce far niente, Italian for “the sweet art of idleness.”
Day 5 (Breakfast) Today, discover the best of the Italian Riviera on a full-day excursion to Cinque Terre. Charming towns, astonishing views and sprawling vineyards make Cinque Terre one of the Riviera's most sought-after destinations. You'll visit two of Cinque Terre's largest villages, Vernazza and Monterosso. If weather permits you'll travel between the villages by boat, where you can marvel at Cinque Terre's cliffs and sweeping coastal views. If the seas are a bit choppy, you'll travel by train through the Ligurian hills, giving you the opportunity to stop at Riomaggiore to walk the Via dell'Amore.
Day 6 (Breakfast, Lunch) As you bid a fond farewell to the Riviera, be assured that more culinary delights await you in your destinations today. Your first stop is at a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer, where you’ll sample this favorite Italian cheese. You’ll also visit a balsamic vinegar farm for a tasting, a sampling of Lambrusco wine and lunch. Then continue on to Bologna, the city considered to be the culinary capital of Italy and touted for its spectacular pasta and mortadella sausage.
Day 7 (Breakfast, Dinner) This morning, venture out into the sienna-hued streets of Bologna on a sightseeing tour with an expert local guide. Your tour includes a visit to the University of Bologna, the world’s oldest operating university, as well as Piazza Maggiore where you’ll find Palazzo Comunale, Sala Borsa and the Basilica of Saint Petronio. This afternoon, travel to the medieval village of Dozza. Though off the beaten path, Dozza is known for the brilliantly colored, contemporary frescoes painted on homes throughout the village. Wine novices and experts alike will savor a visit to the village’s famous wine exhibition at Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna, located within a 13th-century fortress. A professional sommelier will lead you on a tour of the enoteca, which displays a seemingly infinite number of regional wines from some of Italy's finest wineries in Emilia Romagna. You’ll be invited to taste three types of wine accompanied by a light snack. Dinner awaits you upon your return to Bologna.
Day 8 (Breakfast, Dinner) Ever wish a real Italian chef would teach you how to make tortellini? Today, you explore Bologna on your own (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials will tour Dozza Prison). You may choose to follow the world’s longest portico uphill to the Basilica of San Luca. Then, this evening, you learn to make the traditional pastas of Bologna, such as tortellini, tortelloni and tagliatelle, in a cooking class that features an included dinner.
Day 9 (Breakfast, Lunch) Today, stop in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy to sample three red wines typical of the area: Amarone, Ripasso and Recioto. A light lunch is also included for you to enjoy before venturing on to Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet.
Day 10 (Breakfast, Dinner) On a guided walking tour of Verona today, discover the sites that served as the backdrop for Shakespeare’s famous drama. Situated by the River Adige, Verona is one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval centers. Take a look at the town’s Roman amphitheater and Casa di Giulietta, Juliet’s house and storied balcony. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner with fellow travelers to say good-bye to this magical city.
Day 11 - (Breakfast) Transfer to the airport for your flight home
OR Optional Extension:
Day 11 - (Breakfast) Choose a 2-day extension to Venice, and all the picture books in the world won't prepare you for the sight of this city 's gilded palaces rising from the sea. Explore the city's many famous churches and museums, but set aside time to get lost in the maze of canals and streets. Deceptive and mysterious, Venice has a soft spot for wanderers. But first, a stop in the Province of Treviso along the way, where you'll tour 17th-century wine cellars to learn about Prosecco production and enjoy a light lunch at Osteria followed by a tasting of three different proseccos, white wines that are comparable to champagne. Arrive in Venice late this afternoon.
Day 12 (Breakfast) Dubbed “the fairy city of the heart” by romantic poet Lord Byron, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Venice. Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and view its soaring basilica, explore the Rialto market, famous for its fish and vegetable stands. View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340 and marvel at the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Cana, before seeing a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art. This afternoon, take an optional excursion on the Venice's world-famous gondolas. Glide down Venice's famous canals in one of the city's iconic black gondolas. Formerly the main mode of transportation around the Venetian Lagoon, all gondolas were once brightly colored. Following the Doge's decree that only nobility could travel in colored gondolas, ordinary Venetians developed the elegant black silhouettes we know today. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Spend the rest of the day on your own. Explore the city's many famous churches and museums, but set aside time to get lost in the maze of canals and streets. Deceptive and mysterious, Venice has a soft spot for wanderers. These gondolas hold up to six persons. Gondola rides for two are available for an additional $100 (additional excursion fee required).
Day 13 (Breakfast) Addio, Italia, as you travel to the Venice airport to board your flight home.
Departure Dates: May 2018 (ITNO0518)
June 2020 (ITNO0620)
September 2020 (ITNO0920)
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June 2020 (ITNO0620)
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